Firstly, Neil Pryde's earlier announcement was not intended as a 'product launch', it was simply to confirm that the NeilPryde RS:X proposal had been chosen from among several tenders made to the ISAF from windsurfing industry suppliers. At this stage, there are still several important technical and logistical issues that remain to be resolved to meet with ISAF requirements.
Secondly, we wish to make it clear that the Olympic Windsurfing Class is strictly controlled and run by the ISAF. NeilPryde Ltd., is simply the manufacturer and supplier of equipment, which has been designed in accordance with ISAF/Olympic performance guidelines.
In order to create a 'level playing field' for all athletes who wish to participate in Olympic qualifications and in the subsequent Olympic Games, the ISAF have clearly stated regulations as to how the Olympic Windsurfing Class of products are to be priced, distributed and administered. This process is in no way determined or governed by Neil Pryde Ltd.
NeilPryde RS:X products have been developed solely for use in the Olympic Windsurfing Class and are NOT part of the commercial Neil Pryde branded product line. RS:X products will therefore NOT be sold through regular NeilPryde Authorised retail outlets.
NeilPryde RS:X products will be made available through National Sailing Associations and other ISAF accredited bodies or vendors, which we will list in due course. NeilPryde Ltd will assist only in the stocking and re-supply of RS:X products directly to these ISAF accredited organisations and vendors in accordance with ISAF directions.
At this stage there are still numerous technical and logistical issues being finalised regarding the RS:X products, their production and their delivery to ISAF vendors around the world. NeilPryde Ltd., will therefore make a formal announcement on 15 February 2005 on our website, in which we will confirm the following important details:
i. Final Specifications of all RS:X products and components.
ii. Official Release Dates of RS:X products worldwide.
iii. Contact details of all Official ISAF Authorised Vendors of RS:X products worldwide.
iv. Prices & Delivery Details for all RS:X products and components.
v. Warranty & Servicing arrangements for RS:X products.
vi. Details of the Official RS:X Website, where all the above information will be maintained and updated.
Once again, we would like to thank the ISAF for selecting NeilPryde as the Official Supplier for the Olympic Windsurfing Class and we would also like to thank all of you who have contacted us to show your support and encouragement for the RS:X programme.
We look forward to bringing the full news to you all in February. In the meantime you can download the latest information and photographs of the RS:X products from our website. Please note however, that minor product specifications may be subject to change between now and the February announcement.